Helichrysum italicum at Yalding Organic Gardens, a 10-acre garden open to the public near Benover, Kent. Photo by Oast House Archives.
If a tour of the great gardens of the British Isles is not in your cards this summer, one vicarious alternative is Geograph® — an online project that “aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.”
Since 2005, contributors have submitted over 3.5 million images covering over 81% of the total area. You can search them by kilometre grid, by place name, by national trails, or by subject of interest (‘gardens’).
You can also join for free and upload your own images. (Much of rural Ireland needs filling out.)
I spent an hour looking for gardens and country landscapes and found. . .
The Italian Garden, Hever Castle, Kent, by Derek Voller.
Olympic Park, Stratford, Newham, by Chris Downer.
Fann Street Wildlife Garden, a private residents’ garden in Barbican Estate, London, by David Hawgood. The garden includes a meadow, nest boxes, a pond, and old logs for insects.
the open air,
Footpath near Gedney Drove End, Lincolnshire, by Guy Erwood. The ditch is the Old Sea Bank.
the normally off-limits,
Lambeth Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, London, by Ian Yarham.
Garden and gardener at Gravens, Shetland Islands, by Oliver Dixon. He wrote: “Despite the unpromising climate, there are some very keen gardeners on Shetland, with some fine examples of rock gardens.”
Former garden pond and fountain of the gardens of Bestwood Lodge, Nottinghamshire, by Mick Garratt. The steps now lead nowhere but once went to the Lodge.
Geraniums at Hidcote Manor Garden, near Hidcote Boyce, Gloucestershire, by David Dixon.
Snowdrop, an Old Sussex Star, at Harlow Carr Gardens, near Beckwithshaw, North Yorkshire, by Rich Tea. The garden is run by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Cox Tor Triangulation Pillar, near Peter Tavy, Dartmoor, Devon, by Nigel Cox.
Derek Jarman’s garden, Dungeness, Kent, by Malc McDonald.
Wickham Gardens, near Lincoln, by Richard Croft. He wrote: “[T]he pavilion has lost its roof and the playground [is] almost completely denuded of all play equipment, condemned by health & safety concerns. I played here for countless hours as a boy in the 1960s and I wonder what the future holds for Wickham Gardens playground.”
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens on the grounds of Riverhill House, near Underriver, Kent, by Richard Croft. The gardens feature rhododendrons and rare trees and a view point over the Weald of Kent –and a person dressed as a yeti, “moving through Chestnut Wood . . . looking rather uncomfortable in 30°C heat.”
the possible DIY,
The walled garden, Abbotsford, near Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders, by Barbara Carr. Sir Walter Scott laid out the garden in the 1820s.
Westminster seen from the London Eye, by Raymond E. Hawkins.
and, of course, the super-old and historic.
Restored medieval dovecoat, near Buckton, Northumberland, by Graham Robson.
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